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Each two-page document includes information about the state’s scenic byways program, in addition to a listitng and map of all state and national scenic byways within its borders.
South Carolina’s Scenic Byways
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) partnered with the South Carolina Scenic Highways Committee in 1994. The creation of the committee stemmed from Act 484, 1994, which was later amended by Act 285, 1996. The SC Scenic Highways Committee consists of 11 members ranging from the Director of Tourism to the Director of the Department of Parks. The committee plays the most influential role in the development of criteria for the designation of scenic byways across the state. To date, the committee has designated 21 scenic byways in South Carolina, stretching over 450 miles.
- South Carolina boasts four national scenic byways and 17 state scenic byways.
- Scenic byways are a key part of the South Carolina tourism industry, a $23.8 billion industry that generates $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.
- The Savannah River National Scenic Byway is over 100 miles long and stretches through four counties and three major lakes near the western tip of the state.
- The South Carolina tourism industry supports one in every 10 jobs.
National Scenic Byways
State Scenic Byways
About the National Scenic Byways Program
The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.
All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.